Ted Lilly is retiring from baseball.
Lilly, 37, told Andreina Salas Guzman of Venezuelan newspaper El Universal that his body can no longer take the pain of pitching.
Recently Lilly had the nerve endings on the right side of his neck cauterized by a spine specialist, enabling him to pitch in the Venezuelan Winter League. However he is dealing with pain in his back and shoulder.
Lilly has been limited to just 13 starts over the past two seasons and has resigned to his body telling it was time.
“My body in general is telling me that I can’t take any more,” said Lilly. “I feel like I don’t have the ability to continue at the Major League level.”
Lilly was a two-time All-Star and finishes his career with a 130-113 record to go along with a 4.14 career ERA.